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i am very concerned bout my dad..coughing up blood. what to do?

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Dr. Aimee Barton
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Take him to the ER!: Coughing up blood is a sign of nothing good. He needs to be seen right away. Good luck!

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Reasons for coughing up blood, dry air?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Coughing blood: The most common reason for coughing up blood in an infection. However, we always worry about rare things lik cancers in the lungs or other conditions such as sarcoidosis. This is certainly worth seeing your doctor and at least getting a chest x-ray.
A 19-year-old member asked:

I keep coughing up blood?

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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine 12 years experience
See a doctor: Coughing up blood is not a good thing. Many things can cause this. If you have had a cold with frequent coughing, you may see some blood tinged phlegm but that is usually from irritation. If there is a history of night sweats, weight loss and/or fever i might be concerned for tuberculosis. Please see your doctor immediately if this fits what you have been experiencing.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What things affect the chances of getting coughing up blood?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Infections, cancer: Coughing up blood can be from bronchitis from t.B or other lung infections or can be from lung cancer. It could also be blood coughed up from the esophagus from varices. This is not a normal symptom and you should consult a physician as soon as possible.
A 18-year-old female asked:

My roomate says shes coughing up blood, wats wrong with her?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Coughing up blood!!: While this can be a common side effect of the pressure and trauma of coughing it can also be very worrisome if she is coughing up or throwing up bright red blood. But, mucous tinged with blood can happen with ongoing and severe coughing. As long as she is not feverish or faint you can watch her at home. But, if she appears to be in any kind of stress please get to the er.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What could cause somebody to be coughing up blood?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Hemoptysis...: Coughing blood is called hemoptysis and it is a serious symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy can also cause this and it must be ruled out. So, if you have this symptom, see your doctor asap. If you are also short of breath, go to the er for evaluation.

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